DHS Issues Statement Regarding Safety and Enforcement During Northern California Wildfires

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) – whose mission is to secure the nation from any threats and keep America safe – has issued a statement regarding safety and enforcement operations while devasting wildfires burn in northern California, including one record-breaking fire that is nine times the …

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California Will Dramatically Change Management of State Sex Offender Registry System in 2021

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In October 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 384 (SB 384) – also known as the “Sex Offender Registration Act” – which will dramatically change how the state manages the California Sex Offender Registry when the law eventually takes effect on January 1, 2021.

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California Clarifies Law Prohibiting Employers from Asking Job Applicants about Salary History

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On July 18, 2018, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law legislation, Assembly Bill 2282 (AB 2282), to clarify the state’s existing law – AB 168, which was signed into law in October 2017 – that prohibits inquiries by employers into the salary history information of job …

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Governor Brown Signs California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 into Law in Response to Recent Data Breaches

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On June 28, 2018, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a comprehensive internet privacy and data breach protection bill called the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (Assembly Bill 375), according to a press release on the website of Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa), one of the authors …

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Employment Screening Resources (ESR) National Account Executive Pri Murphy to Present Session at 2018 San Francisco HR Star Conference

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Pri Murphy, a National Account Executive for Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a session entitled “Background Screening Trends for California Employers” at the 2018 San Francisco HR Star Conference taking place on Wednesday, July 11, 2018, from 8:15 AM to 4:45 PM, at the South San …

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California Employers Should Apply Same Background Screening to Apprentices as Used for Any Hire

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn With the number of apprentices in California expected to reach 100,000 by 2020, Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of San Francisco-area background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR), advised employers in the state to apply “the same background screening and due diligence procedures …

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California Supreme Court Clarifies Standard for Determining if Workers are Employees or Independent Contractors

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On April 30, 2018, the California Supreme Court issued an opinion in the case of Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court to clarify the standard for determining if workers in the state should be classified as employees or as independent contractors for wage orders adopted by California’s …

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San Francisco Amends Ban the Box Law Called Fair Chance Ordinance

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On April 3, 2018, the City and County of San Francisco amended its Ban the Box law called the Fair Chance Ordinance (FCO) that restricts the ability of employers to inquire about the criminal records of applicants and employees in employment decisions to align the FCO with …

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San Francisco District Attorney Applies Proposition 64 Retroactively to All Marijuana Cases Since 1975

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The San Francisco District Attorney’s Office has announced the retroactive application of Proposition 64 – a voter initiative passed in November 2016 legalizing the possession and recreational use of marijuana for adults ages 21 years or older – to misdemeanor and felony convictions dating back to 1975.

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Local Ban the Box Laws Will Be Challenged as Less Effective than Statewide Laws with Incentives for Employers in 2018

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn As of January 2018, 30 states and more than 150 cities and counties in America have passed “Ban the Box” laws that remove questions about criminal history from job applications and delay such inquiries until later in the hiring process. The fact that employers will have to deal …

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